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Special Exhibits

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The Riley Center Quilts

The Riley Center has been around for more than 100 years, but the quilting program began in the early 1990s, thanks to Theresa McGhee Johnson, executive director of the center since 1981.


The Riley Center Quilters, now a group of about 25 members who range in age from 45 to 95, have been recognized for their Underground Railroad quilts, which were on display several years ago during a traveling exhibit featured at the Birmingham Public Library, the Birmingham CrossPlex, and the Powderly Library. The quilts were part of a project the group worked on, “so everyone would be able to make their own quilt with the different symbols,” said Johnson. “I said, ‘When we finish, we’re going to do a show.’ And that’s what we did.”


Most of the women are hand quilters, which is becoming a lost art; and some of them also handpiece their quilts. 


The group meets every Monday from 2:00 – 5:00 for quilting and fellowship. For more information on these talented quilter, read this article or find them on Facebook.


The Idiom Challenge

Little Miss Sawtooth 
Quilt Along Challenge

Quilts of Valor

BQG members are very involved in the national program Quilts of Valor program. QOV provides quilts for men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

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